Hook your lure hook or what ever you have to something solid,
and pull. give your rod a good bend. adjust your drag so you can pull out line with your rod bend at its power point.
If your fighten big fish. DONT CHANGE IT.
On my level winds I like it a bit softer than on a spin reel. for the simple reason that I can slow a big running fish down with my thumb if I feel I need to. (not recommended) but thats how I roll. There is nothing worse than breaking off that trophy you've been dreamin of.